Chapter 16

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1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

11 A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Commentary for Proverbs 16

1 The renewing grace of God alone prepares the heart for every good work. This teaches us that we are not sufficient of ourselves to think or speak any thing wise and good. #2|. Ignorance, pride, and self-flattery render us partial judges respecting our own conduct. #3|. Roll the burden of thy care upon God, and leave it with him, by faith and dependence on him. 4|. God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. #5|. Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. #6|. By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the sins of believers are taken away, and the power of sin is broken. #7|. He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. #8|. A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. #9|. If men make God's glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace. 10. Let kings and judges of the earth be just, and rule in the fear of God. #11|. To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment. 12|. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. #13|. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. #14,15|. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. #16|. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. #17|. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. #18|. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. #19|. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. #21|. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. #22|. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. #23|. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. #24|. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. #25|. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. #26|. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish. 27,28|. Ungodly men bestow more pains to do mischief than would be needful to do good. The whisperer separates friends: what a hateful, but how common a character! #29,30|. Some do all the mischief they can by force and violence, and are blind to the result. #31|. Old people especially should be found in the way of religion and godliness. #32|. To overcome our own passions, requires more steady management, than obtaining victory over an enemy. #33|. All the disposal of Providence concerning our affairs, we must look upon to be the determining what we referred to God; and we must be reconciled to them accordingly. Blessed are those that give themselves up to the will of God; for he knows what is good for them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Proverbs 16

  • Jadon on Proverbs 16
    Why the bible have so many pages
  • Mishael - in Reply on Proverbs 16
    You can find many scripture of wisdom in Proverbs and Psalms.

    Actually the Bible was somewhat downsized. Not all Books were canonized into it.

    Romans is one of my favorites. I like that dilemma Paul was having in chapter 7: the "I" chapter. I used to know how many times he said it. You count for me.
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on Proverbs 16
    That's how much God loves us. He sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to pay for our sins then raised him from the dead so we can live forever by trusting in him. The Bible tells us about how we got in the sorry state we are in and about how God cares enough to rescue us.

    Much of the Bible is history to teach us by example what displeases God. The Bible also teaches us how great God is and how wonderful he is. Many stories show God's faithfulness to take care of his people and deliver them from danger. He teaches us how to live wisely and to care for one another. There are so many amazing prophecies and promises, some already happened, some yet to come.

    The many pages should not scare us off from studying the Bible, because we can only read a little at a time. But if we keep at it, day by day, eventually we will read it all and grow in faith and really get to know God. It is so rich in truth and knowledge that we gain treasure in our souls by loving it and reading it over and over. ...that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)
  • Jim on Proverbs 16
    When a man's ways please the lord., he market even his enemies to be at peace with him. Everything we as Christians do to please our Lord, he will cause even our worst enemy to be at peace with us. Ask our Lord for every thing in pray. So that he will strengthen us against the wiles of the devil. In response to proverbs 16.
  • John on Proverbs 16:1
    Proverbs 16:1

    The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

    seems to relate to

    Romans 10:9

    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
  • JULIE-ANNE on Proverbs 16
    I don't get this; 32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

    33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
  • *Hidden* on Proverbs 16
    To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

    These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.2I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.

    1He has revealed to me the meanings of this verses

    "These are the words your God who you knew through Revelation said to you.2I know you've sacrificed, have been hurt and worked hard. I know that you can't be or join with the people you have the absolute hate 'cause of their sin, you've saw them as "church girls" but were sinners.

  • Janet Everitt on Proverbs 16
    If a soft answer turns away wrath, then would a loud,authoritative sounding voice cause wrath? My husband gets so frustrated with our son who has problems with addictions that he tends to talk real loud and bark orders at him. He thinks he is using Tough Love I guess, but it,s not working. We keep going around in circles with our son and getting nowhere with him as far as getting help for his addictions. My nerves are shot. I am on the verge of a nervous break down right now. We are believers in Jesus. What can we do differently? What are we doing wrong? This is so tough! Any suggestions! Thanks!
  • Chris - in Reply on Proverbs 16
    Proverbs 631 statement, retribution
  • Wanda- - in Reply on Proverbs 16
    Proverbs 16:20 Says He that handles a matter wisely shall find good. And who so trust in the LORD happy is he. The lord prays the prayer of Intercession for us each day. Surely his prayers will be answered for your son. In the meantime. Your son is trying to find something and he needs the freedom to do so. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus to him and not the mouth piece. We should let our kids know I want a better life for you . But its your life you choose I will love you right in this situation. Then I would trust God to handle the matter as I place it in his hands to fix. Laying down my burdens to him. Knowing that He love my son also and will get him home safely addiction free.


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